Thursday, March 29, 2012

Whimsical Alphabet Playtime

Hey there!

I just want to take a minute to share a little about last weekend's Paper Wings Productions launch party.  Wow Wow Wow!  What a great time that was!  It was fun seeing my stamping friends that I've known for a few years, and I loved getting to share the enthusiasm over the new stamp line with all of the guests who joined us Saturday.  Carrie, Shay and I were busy busy with demos and make and takes that day and everyone seemed to enjoy trying out the new images.  The ladies at Stamp Antonio made us feel at home and put out an amazing spread of goodies.  That was such a nice day!

It was such an emotional moment seeing my mom walk in and see the stamps on the wall, and I think she was a little emotional too. I really appreciate her making the trip - and thanks to Liz and Penny for bringing her along to be there for the party.  It meant a lot to me. Liz also helped us with make and takes and brought some cute samples too! Thanks Liz!! I also met some new friends - Andrea and Todd - who came in from Houston to check out the stamps, and to top it off, she was one of the door prize winners - AWESOME!

I have some more PWP samples to share with you today.  These showcase the Whimsical Pattern Alphabet set.  This set is one of those you will use over and over.  These letters would be great for sentiments, personalizing cards or scrapbooking pages, and can even be used for creating backgrounds.  Take a look at these samples.

Many of the elements of this card use punches.  The border and the candles are Stampin' Up! and the flames are first punched with a flower punch and then cut in a flame shape.  The oval and scallop oval are from Spellbinders. 

I thought these playful letters needed would look great in bright colors and found the pallette in the patterned papers among my scraps.  All colors here are from Colorbox Chalk inks, and then wrote the word "wish" with a Pitt Pen. Cute and Colorful! Great for kids!!

I also wanted to try my hand at using the letters for a background.  I went with a baby shower themed card here, but could be great for an alphabet sampler or school related projects.

This time the letters are stamped in a very dark blue chalk ink on both the background and for the sentiment.  Then I used colored pencils to coordinate with the pattern paper.  How great is this that the paper is stripes and dots and so are the letters.  The "welcome" is also handwritten in Stampin' Up marker.

I came across a beautiful card from this post by Anabelle O'Malley and was suddenly inspired.  I usually hoard all of my goodies, but this time, I was ready to pull out anything and everything.  Lace doilies, bird and heart punches, spellbinders, sticker strips, ribbon and red heart buttons.  This card makes me happy!!!

This time, I left the letters stamped in black and repeated the dots throughout the card with the papers, stickers and even the ribbon.  Looks like Valentine's Day, but would love to send or receive this anytime of year.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you found some inspiration today.  

Happy Stamping!

Supplies: note - all projects are made with the Whimsical Pattern Alphabet stamp set from Paper Wings Productions.

Wish Big - card
ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink - Lime Peel, Tangerine, Rouge
paper: Whisper White cs from SU! and other papers from stash
other: Spellbinders oval/scallop dies, Border Punch and shape punch from SU!, Pitt Pen

Welcome Baby- card
stamps: Flourish Fun 2 from Paper Wings Productions
ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink - Azurite
paper: October Afternoon "Hometown" journaling card, Pacific Point and Whisper White cs from SU!
other: Whisper White embossing powder, and Bermuda Bay marker from SU! and Prisma Color pencils, yellow rick rack, white button and duck sticker.

Love You- card
ink: Memories Black
paper: Basic Grey (bird), K&Co (heart), other from paper stash
other: Black Pitt Pen, black polkadot ribbon, lace doily, Marvy heart punch, Martha Stewart bird punch, sticker strips by Kimberly Poloson and Basic Grey, red heart button.

Monday, March 19, 2012

How do you take your coffee?

How do you take your coffee? I like it creamy and sweet, cold or hot!  I also like it stamped, colored, paper pieced, embossed, and more!  Here are a few samples of cards and atc's I've made recently using my new coffee stamps designed for Paper Wings Productions.  The sets are called "Play With Your Coffee" and "Frothy Concoctions".  For a detailed view at these stamps, check out this post by Shay at the Aviary blog! 

If you saw this post, you will recognize the card's focal image was used to create a background here.  I used white embossing powder on dark brown cardstock.

I wanted to make a standard travel cup but knew this card could use some fun colors. I added strips of cardstock and pattern papers in fun sherbet shades, and colored the heart in a matching pink/coral hue.

This is my take on a simple gift card holder.  I love to give (and receive) coffee gift cards, and thought this would be a great way to personalize the gift.  I stamped the cup, scalloped label, marshmallows and flourishes from Flourish Fun 2 on watercolor paper, and used watercolor crayons to color the scallops, cup and shadow. Quick and easy!

On this "romantic" coffee card, both the mug and the cup are paperpieced and leaning in toward each other.  The coffee beans make a perfect border along with the scallop oval looking a little "coffee stained" with the sentiment I've bean missing you.

Using book paper as my background, I wanted the steam to still stand out, so I stamped and embossed the steam stamps on vellum, and adhered to the cups with vellum dots.  Since the cups are mounted with foam tape, the steam is set off against the background. 

I bet you are wondering about the difference in the orange cup here and the pink cup above. They are actually the same cup, but with the addition of the "pedastal" stamp added here. I think it gives the cup a more "feminine" look.

I really love frappe style coffee drinks, and the one on this card looks good enough to drink.  The lid is stamped on vellum again to allow a look at the whipped cream - yum!!!  Flourishes on the cup are from Flourish Fun 1 and background flourish from Flourish Fun 2.

Don't really like coffee?  No problem!  This atc features a sweet milkshake, and even includes a cherry on top. The cup would also be cute cut from silver paper for a diner/malt shop look - Fun!

One more atc  - this one reminds me of a cappucino when the coffee and foam start to mix.  I also used the mmm and beans to add a playful border.  The background is a mixture of three different color sprays.

Now I really want a coffee - maybe on the way to work tomorrow.  I hope you enjoyed the samples, and make sure to head over to Paper Wings Productions for these and many more cute stamps!

Thanks for looking - and happy crafting!

Supplies: note - all projects are made with Play With Your Coffee and Frothy Concoctions stamp sets from Paper Wings Productions.

Let's Meet for Coffee - card
ink: Chalk ink - Chestnut Roan, Versamark,
paper: Chocolate Chip SU!, and other scraps from stash
other: Pitt Pen, Close to Cocoa SU! marker, white embossing powder SU!

Sending You Warm Thoughts - gift card holder
stamps: Flourish Fun 2
ink: Chalk ink - Warm Violet, Archival -black
paper: Stampin' Up! cardstock, watercolor paper
other: Caran d'Ache Neocolor II

I've Bean Missing You - card
ink: Chalk ink - Chestnut Roan, Versamark, Archival - black
paper: paper scraps from my stash, book paper, vellum
other: white embossing powder SU!

Have a Frap-a-licious Day - card
stamps: Flourish Fun 1 and 2
ink: Chalk ink - Lipstick Red and Creamy Brown, Archival - black
paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla - SU!, vellum, other scraps from stash. 
other: Close to Cocoa SU! marker, Tim Holtz tissue tape

You are Sweet! - atc
ink: Archival - black
paper: pink cardstock, pattern paper - Basic Grey
other: Pitt Pen, scallop edge punch - SU!

Coffee Makes Everything Better - atc
ink: Chalk ink - Dark Brown, Distress Ink - Tea Dye
paper: Basic Grey
other: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists in English Ivy and Electric Blue, Moon Shadow Mist Buccaneer Bay

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Paper Wings Productions LAUNCH!

The BIG day has finally arrived! Today is the launch of the Paper Wings Productions website. This company has been in the works for many, many months now, and we are so excited to finally get to share it with you. Carrie Avery, owner and artist extraordinaire, has really outdone herself getting everything ready! While you are there, check out the slide show samples on the home page, read about the designers, and of course - SHOP for some fabulous stamps. You will also want to check out The Aviary, the official blog for Paper Wings Productions. Today's post launches the website, and also details info on our clear stamp incentive, for a limited time only, and about our LAUNCH PARTY at Stamp Antonio Arts. If you live in or around the San Antonio area, you will want to check this out.

Check back soon for more samples of our new stamps! We really think you’re gonna love them!